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From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

2. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Full-Day Tour Around the Island

3. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Full-Day Tour Around the Island

Discover one of the most paradisiacal places in Brazil, with clear blue water and idyllic landscapes, on a full-day boat tour around Ilha Grande. Explore the open sea and the breathtaking south coast, home to the most preserved and sparsely populated beaches, as well as the island's colonial history. Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão, and depart for a full day in nature. During the day, make 5 stops at different beaches, each of about 50 minutes. A further stop is also made at Maguariquessaba for an optional lunch (not included in the tour). At the end of the tour, return to the meeting point in Abraão Village. The beaches visited are: • Caxadaço. Discover a small, 15-meter (49-foot) long, wild, deserted, and mystical beach with fine sand, and golden and black tones. A small stream of natural drinking water flows into it, and it's surrounded by rugged hills with dense vegetation • Dois Rios. Feel invited for a swim by the blue-green resplendent waters and the waves that form with the wind of the open sea. This beach is suitable for surfing and fishing • Parnaioca. Visit one of the most secluded beaches in all of Ilha Grande. Facing the Atlantic with its yellowish and coarse sand, this beach has rough sea but also, at the west end, a small lagoon is formed on the beach by the charming Paranaioca River that flows into it • Aventureiro. Marvel at what, according to many opinions, is the most heavenly place on Ilha Grande. Also find the most famous coconut tree on Ilha Grande here, the "lying coconut tree,” the postcard of the island. • Dos Meros. Admire one of the most isolated beaches on the island, accessible only by boat. Enjoy the whiteness of the fine sand set against the green of the woods and sea, one of the most beautiful locations on the island.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

4. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão, and depart for a full day in nature. During the day, make four stops at different beaches, each around one hour. The first beach visited is Aventureiro, boasting about 1,640 feet of fine silver sand, a shallow and consistent bottom, clear water, and rough waves. On the left side, where there is a small pier for mooring, there is also the most famous coconut tree on Ilha Grande, the iconic "coconut tree lying,” and a small natural pool. Head next to the beautiful Praia da Parnaioca, one of the most isolated beaches in all of Ilha Grande. Facing the Atlantic with its yellowish and coarse sand, the sea is rough, deep, and offers little shade in its 3,380 feet. At the west end, the charming river Parnaioca flows, forming a small lagoon on the beach. In Parnaioca’s heyday, the river was much more voluminous to the point where it was often impossible to cross.  Meros is a small, isolated beach with rough waters which often lead to the formation of sand dunes. It is possible to see traces of ancient civilizations that inhabited the island around 3,000 years ago in geological vestiges known as amolares. The sand is so white it appears as if a huge mirror; the water that flanks it produces a unique spectacle, a mixing of green and blue with pristine white. Maguariquessaba Beach is of great extension and beauty. With a generous strip of soft sand, it hosts preserved Atlantic Forest, consisting of coconut and almond trees which guarantee nice shade. Its clear, greenish, warm waters make snorkeling a mandatory activity for those looking to be enchanted by the seabed and its inhabitants, which include starfish, corals, and turtles. It is one of the most developed beaches of Enseada do Sítio Forte, lined with inns and restaurants frequented by visitors to Ilha Grande.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Paradisiac Islands Full-Day Tour

5. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Paradisiac Islands Full-Day Tour

Embark on a full-day island excursion via speedboat. Spend the day snorkeling and taking in views of the most beautiful islands off Brazil's Green Coast. Once on the beaches, check out the different available activities, including diving into the sea to swim alongside colorful fish. Whatever you end up doing, your experience on the beach is sure to be a memorable one. Enjoy a typical lunch (at your own expense), served in a rustic restaurant overlooking the amazing Saco Do Ceu beach. Visit the wonderful Cataguases Island, Botinas Island, Dentista beach, and Piedade Beach all for 50 minutes each, allowing you plenty of time to take in the sun and swim in the bright-blue water. Make a 30-minute pit stop at the Blue Lagoon for a taste of true paradise, before ending your tour back at the meeting point in Vila do Abraão.

From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Blue Lagoon Half-Day Schooner Tour

6. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Blue Lagoon Half-Day Schooner Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão on Ilha Grande, then depart for a half-day in nature on one of the most classic tours on the island. Discover one of the hottest tourist spots on Ilha Grande, the Blue Lagoon, a calm bay with transparent waters perfect for snorkeling. After boarding the schooner, head to the Blue Lagoon, whose nickname was inspired by the 80's movie classic with actress Brooke Shields. Once the boat has moored, swim and float in the natural pool surrounded by schools of colorful fish, starfish, and other diverse sea fauna characteristic of Ilha Grande bay. After swimming, move on to "Freguesia de Santana" where Santana Church is located. Built in 1796, it's an important site of historical heritage on the island. Make your last stop for an optional lunch at the beautiful Japariz Beach. The tour concludes with a return trip to Abraão.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

7. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

Ilha Grande with its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water is the most famous island of the 365 surrounding the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Between the mountains and the beaches, the area is perfect for cruising around, snorkeling and hiking. Start the journey on high-quality transportation towards the Costa Verde region, located two hours away from Rio. Once in Angra dos Reis, head straight to the port to board the schooner. Set sail, sit back, and enjoy the views.

Private Angra dos Reis Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

8. Private Angra dos Reis Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Spend a relaxing day touring the islands of Angra dos Reis on this day trip, aboard a comfortable boat. Visit some of the islands, swim with the fish, admire the views, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Meet your guide at your hotel and travel to the city of Angra dos Reis. Hop on board the boat towards Ilha Grande and sit back and relax as you get the chance to see the breathtaking views before you. Make your first stop on the Cataguases Islands to see the island from the shore. Then discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals, and starfish. This natural pool is a perfect spot for diving and swimming.  Visit the Parish of Santana, a small beach that houses the first church in Angra dos Reis, built-in 1843. From here, enjoy a break to grab lunch at a local restaurant. Take some time to unwind from the day of traveling before continuing with the tour. After the lunch break, take a refreshing dip in the sea to cool down and relax in the calm waters. Board the boat a final time to return to Angra dos Reis. After a day in paradise, begin your journey back to Ipanema for a well-earned rest.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Guided Day Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Guided Day Tour

One of the most famous and sought after tours for those who spend their holidays in Rio de Janeiro is certainly the tropical islands on the south coast of the state. The archipelago together with the splendid colonial town of Paraty have recently been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is enough to spend a single day in these places to understand the reason. The luxuriant nature, the transparent blue sea, the fine sandy beaches and many fish and dolphins that swim calmly near the moored boats. The ideal mix to feel in a true tropical paradise. The largest of the islands in the archipelago (365 in total!) is Ilha Grande and it is precisely here that you'll pass this day tour. You'll discover some of the most beautiful beaches on the island and you'll be able to immerse ourselves in the warm and transparent waters of the famous Lagoa Azul.

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What people are saying about Ilha Grande

This was a great experience. The guides are really good, and believe me I have been a professional guide. They really know what they’re doing and they’re so nice and good at organizing the event. I really enjoyed being on the boat, and seeing the fish in the ocean, and all the beautiful beaches of the beautiful islands. It’s good to know what to expect, the ride from the city to the where the boat is is the hardest part, and the longest. Because I had read some of the reviews before embarking on this adventure, I knew what to expect and therefore I had a good time, because I was organized accordingly. I had my music to listen to in the bus and so on. So I really had the most of the experience! Yes the boat is a bit crowded, but it is a happy crowd, and it is contagious. People dance laugh. I don’t like crowds, and I had a really good time. So I recommend!

Rachel our guide was very nice and helpful and always asked about wellbeing. She did the tour in three languages and was always considerate of everyone. The boat ride was very nice. You saw a lot and the crew was also very nice. We were on the boat with three groups, quite a lot of people but there was enough space for everyone. Sometimes it was a bit stressful because you didn't have much time on the islands, but you saw a lot. I liked it.

The trip is a must! Need to wear something thick on the bus, was too cold, but once you get to the boat, the experience gets better and you will definitely enjoy the beautiful islands, snorkeling, professional staff and goooood vibes!!

Although the weather was not very sunny, it was a great boat trip to different bays to swine and enjoy the nature.

Excellent experience, from Italy with you and now with Brazil a wonderful experience.